The following is a media statement from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on missing divers Fyzal Kurban, Rishi Nagassar, Yusuf Henry and Kazim Ali Jr, who have now been declared dead by Paria Fuel Trading Company:
It is with great sadness that we have just received confirmation that four citizens have lost their lives whilst on technical subsea duty at Paria facilities in the Gulf of Paria. Even as we prayed and hoped for a miracle, it was not to be.
In this period of great loss and deep trauma for all the families and the national community, I extend sincerest condolences to all their loved ones.
I want to give the assurance to the families that nothing will stand in the way of determining how this tragedy occurred. I also want to commit to them that all that has to be done by Paria and its associates in this matter will be professionally executed, starting with the already announced independent investigation involving the best professional and technical expertise available to the country.
It is in times like these that we are called upon to be caring and comforting and I have every confidence that our nation will not be found wanting.